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How to Clean Polished Concrete Floors

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How to Clean Polished Concrete Floors

If you have them, knowing how to clean polished concrete floors is important if you want to maintain them for years to come.

If your are ever in Home Depot or any of the other big box stores, you may not have noticed, but you were walking on polished concrete.

You may have seen the maintenance crew using a big scrubbing machine on the floor. This big machine looks like a large box with a squeegie attached to the end of it and is called an autoscrubber. Autoscrubbers makes cleaning larger square footage floors a breeze.

If you don't have an autoscrubber, you still need to know how to clean concrete floors to preseve the polish look.

Polished concrete is often marketed as a maintenance free floor, but buyer beware, cleaning your concrete floor is very important if you want the polished look to last.

To learn more on how to maintain polished concrete, click the link maintenance of polished concrete floors.

5 Tips for Maintaing Concrete Floors

  1. Dust Mop Daily
  2. - Using a dust mop daily will greatly reduce the dirt, dust and whatever is on the concrete floor. It's the dirt and sand that get trapped in the pores of the concrete and when walked on, begin to erode and scratch, slowly dulling the beautiful reflection of the floor.

  3. Wet Mop Your Concrete Floor Weekly
  4. - Using a wet mop or better yet, using a microfiber mop on your concrete floor weekly is highly recommended. If you have several microfiber mops we recommend using a clean mop every 300-400 square feet and if you're using a traditional mop, change the water regularly. The idea is not to be using dirty mops or dirty water throughout floor. In a commercial setting you may have access to an autoscrubber, which should be utilized. An autoscrubber is an awesome machine that makes cleaning your concrete floor a snap.

  5. Use a Neutral Floor Cleaner
  6. - When mopping your concrete floor we recommend using clean water with a neutral floor cleaner. Using a neutral floor cleaner will clean with out damaging or deteriorating the polish finish. Using high alkaline cleaners like ammonia or degreasers on a regular basis can begin to diminish the polished finish over time. Never use an acidic cleaner such as vinegar. Acids can etch your concrete floor and will damage your polished concrete floor.

  7. Clean up Spills Immediately
  8. - Although your polished concrete floor was most likely sealed, concrete is porous and can absorb liquids. We recommend cleaning any spill immediately. The longer a contaminate is on the floor, the more likely it can absorb into the concrete, possibly staining it.

  9. Schedule Periodic Buffing with your Concrete Flooring Professional
  10. - Periodic buffing or burnishing of your polished concrete floor, will help preserve the reflective properties of your floor. How often this is done will depend on the traffic the floor gets. If it's a residential setting this may be every 2-3 years. High traffic floors, like a retail store or restaurant could be monthly or quarterly.

Knowing how to clean polished concrete floors is very important if you want to preserve the clarity and reflective properties of the floor. Ignoring or hoping it stays shiny and reflective is not going to work.

As a concrete polishing contractor, I'm always disappointed when I see a neglected polished concrete floor. Following the tips I've outlined above will help tremendously in preserving the polished finish, avoiding more honing or grinding in the future, which could add more finacial burdens than necessary.

Benefits of Polished Concrete

Lower Lifetime Costs

Virtually every commercial or residential building constructed is built on a concrete slab. By polishing this existing concrete slab and not buying or importing other flooring materials, makes it hands down the most cost effective choice for a finished floor.

Once the concrete slab has been polished, there is no stripping and waxing, which is necessary to do on a periodic basis to maintain vinyl composite tile (VCT).

Damp mopping with neutral cleaners/reconditioning concrete cleaners, can clean, preserve and maintain the polished concrete floor for years to come. It's resistance to scuffs and tire marks, makes it a great choice for high traffic areas.

Only periodic buffing (annual/bi-annual) is needed and only light diamond polishing may be needed every 2-5 years, depending on traffic of the concrete floor.


We know that polishing concrete floors is the most economical flooring option available, but how do they look? They not only look great, but they can be compared to expensive looking natural stone. Adding color or staining concrete can add to the beauty and greatly enhance the look of the whole room.

Staining can be done to the entire floor or in patterns, figures, and whatever creative designs you can think of. Also, logos and lettering can be stenciled on the floor adding a personal touch to the concrete design.

Reduced Lighting Costs

Having a refective concrete surfaces will increase the lighting in a building and therefore reduce the use of power, saving hundreds, or even thousands per year in energy costs.

Environmental Friendly

If you are interested in helping the environment and using eco-friendly materials in your building or home, having your concrete floors polished is a great choice. Using the existing slab and not using materials broght in from long distances, helps preserve the environment for production costs of materials and transportation costs bringing the material to the building.

If you would like to earn credits for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building, polishing the concrete floors will earn you credits, as there are no noticeable volatile organic compounds in the polishing process.

Modern Diamond Polishing Techniques

To attain a highly polished concrete floor, the use of industrial diamonds polishing pads are used to grind and polish the conrete floor. Heavy industial grinding/polishing floor machines are used in conjuction with the diamond polishing pads.

The grinding and polishing process is a mechanical action that starts with course grit diamond pads and progressively uses finer pads until the floor is smooth to the touch and reflective.

Both water and dry polishing processes are utilized in the polishing process and because HEPA vacuum cleaners are used, no dust is generated during the grinding and polishing process.

There are also floor hardners or densifiers used in the polishing process, which help harden and protect the floor. With the densification of the concrete it eliminates dusting from efflorescence, which adds to costly maintenance of an unpolished concrete floor.

The last step in the entire process is the introduction of a concrete sealers that both enhances the polished floor and helps protect from staining. These concrete sealers are another break through in technology that help maintain the beauty of concrete for the life of the floor.

When it comes to polished concrete floor services, terrazzo floor refinishing or just maintaining natural stone, we strive to help educate our customers on the best protection they can have, helping them save time and money in costly refinishing costs down the road.

We offer our concrete polishing services in the entire State of Florida, but refinish terrazzo floors, clean tile and grout and natural stone surfaces throughout the Tampa Bay Area of Florida.

Want to know more about our services and how we can help you maintain you tile and grout in your home or place of business? Give us a call at:


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